May 15, 2018 Subject:
the 95 revelation
This is a great recording of a very interesting show. I played the "Unbroken Chain for my 11 yr. old to illustrate the phenomenon of deadhead crowd reaction. The FOB on this site is even more interesting on that level as the crowd sweeps from right to left like the wave, but this recording has more clarity and balance. It turns out that with the benefit of high quality recordings, there are a lot of great 95 shows. I don't think we understood where they were going at the time. The recordings reveal a Jerry determined to break new ground with phrasing and push the envelope with the instrumental sections in some songs. Show starts damn promising with the Alabama breakout that sounds almost like it could be right out of the mid-80's but with less of a formulaic approach to the soloing. Indeed, Jerry sounds stronger than the first two nights both vocally and in his attack on the strings. Man, that Don't Ease five songs into an already short set must've had them scratching their heads. Then that breakout. Jerry doesn't particularly know it through and through but the rest of the band pushes on and it's a heck of a breakout. Second set is solid throughout including one of those Way to Go Homes that you begrudgingly agree was pretty well played. The Crazy Fingers isn't as emotionally intense as the one to come in Memphis but more lyrics are sung. This might be my favorite Matilda: brisk and focused, everyone is hard at work and the transition into Drums is abrupt. The rest of the show exemplifies why someone who listens to a lot of Grateful Dead would benefit from spending a little time in 95 and why we can truly mourn the lost potential of 96: unique, stretched out versions of familiar songs, emotive, committed singing-mymymymiracle-and a Brokedown for the ages.